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News | June 3, 2013

National Intelligence University Announces Retired Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen as its 2013 Honorary Degree Recipient

By DIA Public Affairs

Washington – National Intelligence University President Dr. David Ellison announced today that retired Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen will receive an honorary Doctor of Strategic Intelligence degree at the university's July 26 commencement ceremony. This event marks a return to campus for Allen, who earned a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence degree from the school as a Marine captain in 1984. Allen retired from active duty April 30 following a 37-year Marine Corps career, including his most recent tour as commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan from July 2011 to March 2013.

The commencement is the closing event in the university's 50th anniversary year. Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper will deliver the commencement address to approximately 250 graduating students from the intelligence community as they cross the stage to receive one of the university's three degrees: Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence, Master of Science and Technology Intelligence, or Bachelor of Science in Intelligence.

NIU is an accredited federal degree-granting institution whose main campus is located in Washington, D.C. Its alumni are past, present, and future leaders in the intelligence and national security communities and in the private sector. Notable alumni include a former director of national intelligence; former directors of DIA, CIA, NSA, and NGA; former heads of military intelligence; and a growing number of senior government executives and corporate leaders. For more information, visit